Poll: Cuomo Beating Paterson Among Black Voters

ALBANY—A new poll shows David Paterson's approval rating is still less than 30 percent, and indicates that while he would

ALBANY—A new poll shows David Paterson's approval rating is still less than 30 percent, and indicates that while he would get trounced in a hypothetical 2010 election against Rudy Giuliani, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo would fare better.

The voters surveyed by Quinnipiac University said they would pick Giuliani over Paterson by a margin of 54-32; Giuliani leads Cuomo Cuomo, by contrast, leads Giuliani by 47-41. In a primary match up, the poll finds, Cuomo would defeat Paterson 62-17, with a wide margin among African-American voters that comprise a major portion of Paterson's base.

"With support in every demographic sub-group, including a 22-point lead among black voters, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo trounces Gov. Paterson in a Democratic primary," poll spokesman Maurice Carroll said. "Paterson has time to turn things around before the 2010 election, of course, but there's not a hint of good news for him in this poll."

A poll released by Marist earlier this month found Paterson's approval rating was under 20 percent, and a majority of voters surveyed would prefer Eliot Spitzer as governor.

Quinnipiac surveyed 2,828 voters last week and through the weekend.

Poll: Cuomo Beating Paterson Among Black Voters